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December 14, 1998

Pat Courntey
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Our story this week is a special event, because we are launching a learner's story on the Internet, and you can read his story as well as hear it, with the proper audio program as shown below.

This story comes to us from Nova Scotia. The author, Pat Courtney, lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 48 years old, Pat decided to get an education. A learning program was not a high priority previously, as he was involved in raising his two children on his own. Four years ago, Pat lost his job because of a lack of education. He came to the Dartmouth Literacy Network looking to improve his skills. He says "I have gained self-confidence and the tools I need to succeed. I can read the newspaper for the first time." His story, A Way to Stay Together, is based on his experience and he urges parents to get involved with their children's education.

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A Way to Stay Together

by Pat Courtney

I would like to express my opinion of the importance of education in the family, especially during the formative years of a child's development. Much work needs to be done to improve the standard of education in this country, and where better to start than with our children!

Because children at pre-school age are processing information at a rate that far exceeds any other time in life, it is absolutely vital that they are encouraged and supported as much as possible and that learning is a positive experience.

As a parent you have the opportunity to teach your children the right way to learn. You could teach the alphabet, to count, print, tie their shoes, dress themselves, count money, the rights and wrongs of life, good manners, and many more things. Remember to praise your child for their efforts. When you buy toys consider some educational types of toys, books and games that teach skills. Most important, make it fun! When your children ask questions please take the time to answer, to the best of your ability.

I believe when a family is learning together it makes the family bond stronger and that will continue through the rest of their lives. You and your child will keep giving information to each other for a life time. If you help your child at an early age it will be a lot easier for that child to communicate with you when they need help throughout their lives. Please do not leave it all up to other people to teach your child!

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